Nationality: Republic of Ireland
Central defender Richard Keogh enjoyed one of his best seasons in a Derby County shirt during the 2018/19 campaign.
Keogh captained the Rams for the majority of the season due to Curtis Davies’ absence through injury and in all competitions, for both club and country, the defender made 65 appearances.
He started every league fixture under then-manager Frank Lampard and was a rock at the heart of the defence as he struck up a good partnership with Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori.
During the campaign, Keogh surpassed 300 league starts for the Rams and became only the 29th player to do so in the club’s history.
He played his part in some key victories for the Rams, too. He scored a penalty in the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and also netted the winning penalty in the FA Cup Third Round victory against Premier League side Southampton.
The defender played a key part in the winning goal against Leeds United at Elland Road in May as he set up Jack Marriott to score as the Rams reached the Play-Off Final in May.
His form was recognised by his peers as he was voted the Player’s Player of the Season at the club’s End of Season event.
Evidently dependable, Keogh’s influence has been there for all to see since he joined from Coventry City in the summer of 2012.
He has won the club’s Player of the Year award twice whilst achieving three play-off finishes, and he also has become a regular in the Ireland squad.
On the international stage, Keogh was included in Martin O’Neill’s squad for UEFA Euro 2016 and he featured in the Green Army’s historic 1-0 win over Italy, before starting against host nation France in the last-16 of the competition.
A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Keogh began his career at Stoke City before he joined Bristol City at the start of the 2005/06 season on a free transfer.
He also gained first-team experience on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town prior to sealing a permanent switch to Carlisle in 2008.
Keogh won the 2009/10 Player of the Year award and his fine form saw him join Coventry in the summer of 2010.
With the Sky Blues, he was named as Players’ Player of the Year in 2010/11, whilst he scooped both the Players’ and Fans’ award the following season.
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